Septoplasty Surgery Boston

Boston Septoplasty patients undergo the procedure to help resolve breathing issues caused by having a deviated septum. It is a very low-risk procedure and according to Medical News Today up to 85% of patients who have undergone the procedure benefit from reduced nasal blockage. The procedure provides additional benefits for patients that extend beyond improved breathing which is why the surgery has a 94% worth-it rating on RealSelf.

What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty procedure that is specifically undertaken to fix breathing issues caused by problems such as having a deviated septum. Most rhinoplasty procedures are performed to make aesthetic alterations to a patient’s nose while septoplasty is only performed to help solve medical issues. 

The septum is the section of cartilage in between the nostrils and is the area of the nose that is treated in septoplasty surgery. Often the septum is slightly bent or crooked and this causes no issues, but having a very crooked septum can significantly impact someone’s ability to breathe as one of the nostrils can be significantly blocked. Septoplasty straightens the septum or in some cases, the septum is replaced by cartilage or bone to ensure that neither nostril is blocked and breathing is optimized through both nostrils.

The procedure can be undertaken alongside a nose reshaping procedure so that both medical and aesthetic concerns are addressed simultaneously. This will alter the process of the surgery and the cost of the procedure but is often undertaken by Boston Septoplasty patients. Dr. Markarian can help advise during your consultation what techniques would be most suitable to address your specific concerns and achieve your goals for surgery.

Benefits of Septoplasty Surgery

There are multiple benefits for patients who undergo septoplasty surgery as fixing a deviated septum reduces nasal obstruction leading to many advantages including the possibility of:

  • Enhanced breathing
  • Reduced snoring 
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Reduced number of sinus infections
  • Increased ability to exercise 
  • Lowers number of nosebleeds
  • Lessened sinus headaches
  • Enhanced appearance of the nose 

How much is Septoplasty Surgery in Boston?

Deviated Septum report that the cost of the procedure can amount to around $12,000. However, this figure does not include any pre or post-procedure care and so the actual cost of the surgery is likely to amount to more than this. The exact cost of the surgery will depend on the complexity of the procedure. For example, if the septum needs to be trimmed to reduce nostril obstruction then this will be far less expensive than if a cartilage graft needs to be inserted into the septum. 

Insurance providers may cover the cost or help fund a septoplasty procedure as the surgery is undertaken for medical reasons. You should check with your specific insurance provider to find out if you are eligible for coverage as different insurance policies will offer varying extents of coverage even for surgeries performed for medical reasons.

Recovering from Septoplasty

After the procedure, your nose will be swollen and you will have cotton wool inserted into the nostrils to help control bleeding after the surgery. You should keep your head elevated even when sleeping to help with any swelling or bleeding and you should avoid blowing your nose for the first few days. 

Generally, it takes about seven to ten days for patients to recover from the procedure, meaning the recovery period is much shorter than many other surgeries performed on the nose. Most Boston Septoplasty patients’ breathing improves shortly after the procedure and when the initial side effects such as swelling have settled down. Despite this, it can take up to a year for the septum to completely recover.


If you are considering undergoing a Septoplasty procedure you should visit a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has extensive knowledge and skills in performing surgeries that resolve breathing issues and fix deviated septums. During your consultation, you should discuss your specific goals and aims so that the most suitable techniques can be recommended.

Contact Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mark Markarian for a consultation.